:: Thursday, September 16, 2004 ::
Even Though We Knew That Anyway...
Via a commenter on ArchPundit's site, The Holy See has stated that voting for a politician who happens to be pro-choice is not sinful if one is voting for said politician for his or her stance on other issues. I.e., as lone as one isn't a single-issue pro-choice voter, he or she is in the clear.
The long winded explaination:
Cardinal Ratzinger's note underlined the principles involved for the Catholic voter.
"A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate's permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia," Cardinal Ratzinger wrote.
"When a Catholic does not share a candidate's stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons," he said.
In other words, if a Catholic thinks a candidate's positions on other issues outweigh the difference on abortion, a vote for that candidate would not be considered sinful.
:: The Squire 1:18 AM :: email this post :: ::